The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870



Categories: Church,Events


January 28 – February 3, 2013


1. To fast means to put God first.

There are times when we eat, drink, and sleep as a way of enjoying the blessings of God. But there are also times when we have to turn our backs on those things we enjoy in order to connect with God without distraction. Sometimes simple luxuries can distract us from seeing God’s face because they make us too comfortable and they become our focus, thus, we put the blessing BEFORE the one  who blesses. Fasting is a way of laying aside our temporary comforts to experience the ultimate comforter. In other words, it is in times of fasting and praying that we can truly seek God’s face without distractions.


2. Fasting is an attitude of the heart in which we interrupt our normal life to pray for a specific matter or cause.


3. Fasting also means perseverance in prayer. It means to be earnest with God and to pray until you have found the answer – be it yes or no or wait a while.


4. Fasting is an effective way to remove obstacles and burdens to pray purposefully and with your attention.


5. Fasting can also be a sign of sadness or mourning but it also contains an element of firmness.

In the Old Testament they often fasted as a sign of humiliation and atonement. (Lev.23:27-32) In its essence fasting means that we tear our hearts before God, confess our sins and turn to the Lord anew (Joel 2:12-13).


6. Fasting chastises the body and helps us to gain control over our bodies (1 Cor.9:27; 1 Cor.6:13-20)



Every morning that week, there will be a 6am prayer conference call led by one of the members of the ministerial team. All members are encouraged to participate. The dial-in number for the call is (605) 562-3000. The passcode for the line is 458869. If you decide to join us, please be sure to mute your phone and ignore the prompt to announce yourself when you join the call so that everyone can hear the person speaking as uninterrupted as possible.



Every evening there will be prayer and consecration service held at the church at 7:30pm.





Drink water only. Should you get faint, Ensure can be drunk as a supplement.

Listen to religious, inspirational or spiritual music

Pray for 15 minutes each day at 6am, 12 noon, and 7:30pm


– consumption of alcoholic beverages or wine

– fried foods

– bread

– sweets, candy or chocolate*

– eating after 7:30 pm

*While most candy is not acceptable, peppermint, cough drops and Listerine strips are encouraged.



Sunday, January 27: Fast begins at sundown with 15 minutes of prayer; No eating until Monday morning


Monday, January 28: Steamed vegetables only


Tuesday, January 29: Raw Vegetables only


Wednesday, January 30: Baked fish or chicken (no seasoning); Steamed vegetables


Thursday, January 31: Nuts and fruit only; Raw vegetables can be substituted for persons with nut allergies


Friday, February 1: Steamed vegetables only


Saturday, February 2: WATER ONLY


For our members who cannot follow the food restrictions for medical reasons, we encourage you to participate with the following schedule: Drink water as your only beverage. Do not watch television, listen to the radio or use the internet (with the exception of work-related needs).

Author: myrtlebaptistchurch

Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

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